Howzat! The 2005 Ashes series is one that lives long in the memory. Kevin Pieterson and Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff grabbed the headlines but one important member of the victorious England side resided in Droitwich.
The Warwickshire spin bowler Ashley Giles took ten wickets, including all of Australia’s leading batsmen at least once during the five matches. But perhaps his biggest contribution was with the bat.
Giles hit the winning runs in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge to give England a 2–1 lead and made a career-best 59 in a century partnership with Pietersen to ensure the final Test was drawn, giving England victory and sparking national jubilations.